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  • Overall lower life-cycle costs than internal combustion engine vehicles, which can save $1 or more per hour for each piece of equipment ($2,000-$6,000 per vehicle each year)
  • 40 percent lower maintenance costs
  • Fewer moving parts to fix or replace
  • Reduced number of seals, hoses and fluids to maintain
  • No engine maintenance issues
  • 70-80 percent lower fuel costs
  • Less downtime, which increases productivity


With new technology, electric material-handling vehicles can manage large loads, outdoor work environments and steep grades. Electronic controls allow inching and precise placement of loads for increased efficiency and safety.

    Some performance benefits include:
  • Electronic controls that are simple to learn, easy to use and reduce operator fatigue.
  • Smooth handling, which helps with delicate loads and safety issues.
  • Improved space utilization and performance in tight spaces.
    Recent improvements in the performance of electric material-handling vehicles include:
  • Increased travel speeds and acceleration rates that rival internal combustion engine forklifts.
  • Increased ramp speed and gradeability due to the addition of alternating current (AC) motors and high-voltage drive systems .
  • Pneumatic tire design for outdoor operation.
  • Rustproof designs for operation in temperature-controlled and marine environments.
  • Sealed, spark-proof and explosion-proof designs for operation in combustible environments.

Improved Environment

  • Safe and environmentally friendly
  • No exhaust emissions – improves air quality for employees and customers and creates a safe work environment
  • No possibility of damage to work product from engine exhaust (which can occur when using internal combustion vehicles)
  • Fewer moving parts and no engine or exhaust noise, so they produce one-fourth of the noise level that internal combustion vehicles do
  • Reduced noise and vibration help reduce operator fatigue, and improve productivity and safety

Fast-charging Systems

    New, fast-charging systems are allowing users of electric material-handling vehicles to become even more efficient. Operators are no longer required to change batteries.
  • Batteries can be rapidly charged during breaks and shift changes so there's no downtime of equipment or staff.
  • One battery per piece of equipment, so there's no need for a battery-charging room, which saves space, time and money.
  • Improved safety due to the elimination of battery changes and reduced traffic across the work area.
  • Fast-charging systems allow for using electric vehicles during multiple shift operations, which increases truck availability and productivity.

To learn more about how electric forklifts can help lift your business into huge savings, contact Jim Milam, product manager, by email, or call 770-216-1395.

To calculate and compare forklift costs and see how electric forklifts can help improve your bottom line, use the EPRI calculator.

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